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TMCNet:  GE to Develop New Range of AMD Processor Technology

[April 26, 2013]

GE to Develop New Range of AMD Processor Technology

Apr 26, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it will develop a range of rugged Com Express modules based on the new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC (system on a chip) processors.

According to a release, including AMD processors in the new products will enable GE to develop more compact "Type 10" modules in the so-called "mini" format, measuring just 84mm x 55m and allowing customers to deploy them in a broader range of environments. The new products will also provide customers with the flexibility to choose exactly the right Com Express module for the target application.

GE Intelligent Platforms said its rugged Com Express modules are designed to enable high performance automation for a connected world, and offer durability and varying levels of performance-per-watt. They are well-suited for OEMs designing computing platforms into equipment for industrial or harsh environments, and when reducing the overall design cycle and lowering validation costs are of key importance. Onboard components are specifically selected for their reliability in demanding conditions. Unlike solutions designed for benign environments, the processor and memory on GE Com Express modules are soldered to the board for maximum resistance to shock and vibration. Extended mechanical construction protects the module, which is designed for optional conformal coating for even greater resistance to moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.

The Com Express embedded computing architecture separates the underlying "carrier card" from the processor. This means that Com Express modules can be upgraded to the latest technology than would otherwise be possible. The benefit to customers is that this approach extends the useful life of a subsystem by allowing upgrade of the processor alone, reducing long term cost of ownership while ensuring that performance keeps pace with changing needs.

Such is the flexibility that the GE Com Express module gives to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators that it can feature in a broad range of commercial environments including industrial automation, test & measurement, security, transportation, and medical where it can enable end users to be more productive, manage resources better, improve quality and increase revenues and profitability.

"AMD's new embedded computing processor technology provides a unique combination of functionality and performance characteristics that enables us to design COM Express modules that require fewer supporting chips, making the modules more compact, requiring less power and dissipating less heat and maximizing reliability and uptime," said Tommy Swigart, Product Manager, Control & Communication Systems, GE Intelligent Platforms. "We are looking forward to working with AMD to bring the benefits of COM Express to help address an even wider range of customer challenges." "The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC processors offer a small footprint, low-energy use, and rich I/O integration to enable smaller form factor embedded designs, cool and efficient operation, and simplified build requirements," said Kamal Khouri, director of embedded products, AMD. "As a significant player in the embedded computing market, and a leader in the development of COM Express solutions, we're delighted that GE Intelligent Platforms will be featuring the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC processor in its new products." GE noted that the planned product will further extend its range of rugged COM Express modules. Most recently announced was the bCOM6-L1400 which takes advantage of the significant processing and graphics capabilities of the Intel Core i7 processor to support multiple independent displays. Prior to the bCOM6-L1400, GE had announced the rugged bCOM6-L1200 which features a range of five VIA Nano and VIA Eden processor options.

More information: www.ge-ip.com/products/com-express/c542 www.ge.com www.amd.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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